With lots of information being put forward regarding the start of the NRL season I thought that it was important that you were able to hear directly from the Bulldogs on where things currently stand.
Firstly, thanks must go to Peter V’landys and the NRL and RLPA in working hard to create a timetable for return. A number of discussions have taken place that have involved Club CEO’s and last night we were briefed on information relating to the proposed May 28th re-start.
At this stage there are a number of issues to work through, but what has been confirmed is that the NRL and Clubs are working towards players resuming training on Monday 4th May and the competition restarting on Thursday 28th May.
This is fantastic news for all Bulldogs fans and something to genuinely look forward to.
We hope you are as excited as we are about getting the chance to play again and to give everyone something positive to look forward to in what has been a very difficult time.
Further details around both training and the structure of the competition have yet to be finalised and we are hoping to have more detail by the start of next week
That will include answers on how training can take place, the final format of the competition, where teams will stay and protocols around match day.
As soon as we have this information we will let you know.
In other great news Grassroots Rugby League is set to re-start in NSW in July, with NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden saying that a decision to work towards a shortened Community Rugby League season and a re-start of other abbreviated senior competition will be confirmed on 1 June 2020 subject to the existing Government advice available at the time.
I must also really thank those Members that have pledged their membership fee for this season.
Times like these are unprecedented and have affected everyone in all walks of life so for Members to show their support for the club by staying strong and pledging their membership fee has meant a great deal to the club as it has helped us to continue to operate with a small number of staff on board.
Any further pledges would be greatly received as we look to continue to work through our budgets for the foreseeable future.
One club, one family.
There is no doubt that this has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone. We appreciate your support through this time and hope that the thought of Rugby League starting up again soon has brought a little bit of cheer and given you something to look forward to in the coming weeks.
As soon as we have more detail on what that will look like we will be back in touch with you straight away.
I think we all look forward to seeing our players take the field once again.